Gov. Nikki Haley took the oath of office for the second time yesterday, striking an optimistic tone in her inaugural address, but expressed disappointment at recent ethics missteps. Drawing quotes from the late Gov. James Edwards to MLK and Thoreau, Haley laid out her vision to build on the state’s successes and make the most of its potential. Read the full text of the speech in The State. Source: P&C, The State

After a flat tire sidelined their bus, a group of Citadel cadets on the way to the inauguration yesterday called in an unlikely driver to pick them up on I-26: former First Lady Jenny Sanford. Source: ABC News 4

Though poet laureate Marjory Wentworth’s poem “One River, One Boat” was not read at the inauguration, Congressman Jim Clyburn did read the poem into the congressional record from the floor of the House yesterday, saying it was wrong not to give Wentworth time to read it at the ceremony.

West Of reports that Charleston Hardware, which has been open on Wappoo Road for over 50 years, closed its doors for good last week after an illness in the family. Source: West Of

Over 150,000 South Carolinians have been signed up for new health coverage or were re-enrolled in plans under the Affordable Care Act during the open sign-up period, which runs through February 15. Source: The State

Former Charleston state Sen. Robert Ford plead guilty to charges of misconduct in office and ethics violations yesterday, but told reporters, “I ain’t no damn crook,” and said he didn’t have the money to fight the allegations. Source: P&C, The State

A group of USC students will live-tweet the 150th anniversary of General William Sherman’s siege of Columbia next week, with the Carolina history students portraying figures found in the historical record. Source: The State

The owners of Nason Medical Center will pay $1 million to settle allegations by federal prosecutors that the urgent care center chain submitted false claims to Medicare, Medicaid, and TRICARE, including claiming that work done by physicians assistants was done my doctors, billing the government for higher-priced drugs than were actually administered, and filing claims for expensive radiological services that weren’t necessary and weren’t conducted by a state-licensed tech. In the last year, Nason has been ordered to stop offering CT scans and ultrasounds, remove advertising of “emergency” services, and just this week a judge granted class-action status to a suit by a former employee claiming the medical centers shortchanged PAs on staff. Source: P&C

In football news, the San Francisco 49ers announced yesterday that defensive line coach Jim Tomsula, a former Charleston Southern assistant coach who moonlighted as a Post and Courier delivery driver, will become the team’s new head coach. Source: P&C